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Montana Town Council Stops the Stray Chicken Hordes At the Gate

 (Craig Goodwin / The Spokesman-Review)
(Craig Goodwin / The Spokesman-Review)

The Belgrade, Montana town council has shut down the efforts of residents to allow for backyard chickens. The objections are kind of hilarious.

Menicucci also said Clark was concerned over procedural issues involving “stray chickens.” Under city ordinance, dogs require licensing and strays are taken to the city kennels.

“If chickens do get loose, what are we going to do with them?” Menicucci said.

He added that the city has the same problems with cats, which aren't required to be licensed. Nor is there an ordinance that deals with cats at large.

"Stray Chickens" has to be one of the funniest phrases I've heard in a long time. Ive got this image of the dog/chicken catcher roaming the neighborhoods, scooping up all the chicken gangs roaming the back alleys of neighborhoods. I think the coyotes and raccoons would do a pretty good job of controlling the stray chicken population if it came to that. 

With all the endless barking we non-dog owners put up with, I think we should be given the freedom to keep whatever animals we want. Donkeys would be more peaceful than the hounds that surround my house.

BTW Spokane County is in dire need of updating their chicken ordinances. Any aspiring legislators out there.

Year of Plenty

The Year of Plenty blog was created by Craig Goodwin in the winter of 2008 to chronicle the experiences of his family as they sought to consume everything local, used, homegrown or homemade. That journey was a wonderful introduction to people and movements in the Spokane area who are seeking the welfare of the community through local foods, farmers markets, community gardens, sustainable transportation, and more fulfilling and just patterns of consumption. In 2009 and beyond the blog will continue to report on these relationships and practices, all through the eyes of a family with young children. Craig manages the Millwood Farmers' Market, is a Master Food Preserver and Pastor at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Craig can be reached at